Henrik Borgstrom

by Joel on March 21, 2017

Henrik Borgstrom - photo courtesy: www.denverpioneers.com

Henrik Borgström, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-03

Weight: 176

Born: 1998-08-06

Hometown: Helsinki, FIN

Drafted: 2016 by Florida Panthers, 23rd overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2017 – The Panthers received a ton of criticism when they took the lanky, previously undrafted center 23rd overall, as many thought he would have still been available for Florida’s second round selection. In his freshman year with the University of Denver, Borgström has done a fantastic job of silencing those who doubted his first round selection and is showing the rest of the hockey world why the Panthers simply couldn’t risk missing out on him. Borgström leads the University of Denver in goals and points with 21 goals and 38 points in 33 games and was voted the NCHC’s Rookie of the Year. Previously categorized as a playmaker, Borgström has shown his goal scoring ability this year with his dazzling hands and greatly improved shot. He still has a great deal of work to do in improving his play in the defensive zone as well as in building strength, however his offensive flashes and highlight reel goals this year have given us a taste of what he has to offer at the NHL level. Joel Gluss

 

July 2016 – The Florida Panthers selected Borgström with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'3 center scored 29 goals and 26 assists for HIFK U20 while making major strides in 2015-16 season. He's a creative player who can make unpredictable plays with the puck. Borgström has great hands, stickhandles well in tight areas and smoothly enters the offensive zone. He's calculated in puck possession and has a deceptive wrist shot with a very quick release. Areas in which he'll need to improve are face-offs and physical game. He protects the puck well but could be more involved in the physical game without the puck. Also, his defensive game is a work in progress. Borgström has grown a lot over the past few seasons, so his skating might not be perfect at this point but his separation speed is quite impressive. He will attend the University of Denver next season. Marco Bombino

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Borgström has a high ceiling and has the potential to be a productive NHL player, even though it's uncertain if he'll reach his ultimate potential. He'll have plenty of time to improve his game in the NCAA, however.

 

 

Footage:

Beautiful goal by Borgström

 

Borgström sets up a goal (from about 35 seconds on):

 

 

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